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October 30, 1995

Discussion at Library of Congress Examines Role of Women Journalists from World War II to Present

"Coming to the Front: Women Journalists in World War II and Beyond," a panel discussion at the Library of Congress on Nov. 9, explores the ways in which World War II opened doors for women journalists and how women in the field have fared in the 50 years since the end of the war.

The program will be held in the Mumford Room, sixth floor of the Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., from 5 to 6:30 p.m., and is open to the public.

Panelists who will discuss their experiences are Sarah McClendon, McClendon News Service; Frances Murphy, Washington Afro-American; Frances Lewine, Cable News Network (CNN); and Lyn Crost, overseas correspondent during World War II. All these women served as journalists in the World War II era and beyond. The panel will be moderated by Jean Folkerts, professor at the National Center for Communication Studies, George Washington University.

Sarah McClendon has covered Washington news for 51 years, since she came to the city to work in public affairs at the Women's Army Corps (WAC) headquarters during the war. In 1946, she founded the McClendon News Service, an independent news service that supplies Washington news to other publications and produces a biweekly newsletter.

Frances Lewine covered six presidents during a 30-year career with the Associated Press (AP). She is now an assignment editor with CNN. A graduate of Hunter College and a native New Yorker, Ms. Lewine began her career as a reporter for the Plainfield (N.J.) Courier-News and then went to work for AP in Newark, N.J., during World War II. She was transferred to Washington and the White House beat in the late 1950s. Before joining CNN, Ms. Lewine served as deputy director of public affairs in the Department of Transportation during the Carter administration. She is a former president of the Women's National Press Club and has played an active role in securing equality for women journalists.

Frances Murphy is publisher of the Washington Afro-American and a retired journalism professor at Howard University. She is a frequent guest on talk shows including Channel 32's "Evening Exchange."

After working for the Associated Press in Washington, Lyn Crost joined the Honolulu Star-Bulletin as its European correspondent during World War II, primarily to cover the (Japanese American) 100th Battalion/442nd Regimental Combat Team. Following the war, Ms. Crost was the paper's Washington correspondent and later served as a special assistant at the White House during the Eisenhower administration. A magna cum laude graduate of Brown University, Ms. Crost has recently written a book based on her experiences during the war, Honor by Fire: Japanese Americans at War in Europe and the Pacific, published in 1994 by Presidio Press.

Sponsored by the Library of Congress Interpretive Programs Office, the panel discussion is being held in connection with the Library's exhibition "Women Come to the Front: Journalists, Photographers and Broadcasters of World War II," which is on view through Dec. 9. The exhibition spotlights eight women who succeeded in "coming to the front" during the war. Their stories -- drawn from private papers and photographs primarily in Library of Congress collections -- open a window on a generation of women who changed American society by securing a place for themselves in the workplace, in the newsroom and on the battlefield.

The exhibition commemorates the anniversary of the end of World War II, the 75th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave American women the right to vote, and the 1919 founding of the Women's National Press Club by a group of Washington newswomen.

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PR 95-149
ISSN 0731-3527

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